Secular versus Sacred
What is fulltime ministry? What does it mean to most people?
I think if asked, most people would mention pastors, missionaries, or some expression of those two.
When it comes to calling we have created a dichotomy – Secular and Sacred.
I believe there are many people in churches today who want to live their lives for the glory of God and the only advice they get is that they should go into fulltime ministry.
The thought is that if you want to do something sacred you need to be a pastor or a missionary and everything else fall into the secular category. Sadly, this dichotomy has caused many people pain, failure, regrets, loss of time, and confusion.
But I believe the more biblical point of view is that we are all called to full-time ministry.
What is fulltime ministry?
Fulltime ministry is living for Jesus wherever you go and while doing whatever it is you’re doing.
So if you’re a pastor, preacher, evangelist, executive pastor, church planter, a local missionary, or foreign missionary you are in fulltime ministry. And if you are a mechanic, supervisor, cashier, teacher, business owner, cook, stay-at-home-mom, self-employed, or truck driver you are in fulltime ministry.
For a child of God, there isn’t a separation from secular and sacred.
This is how Paul said it,
Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV) Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV) So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Everything a child of God does is sacred because you do it before and for a Holy God.
So when it comes to the field of work or calling, your work is your ministry.
You work for God
Jesus last words to His disciples were,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)
I love how vague this command is in regards to the context in which all of this takes place.
Jesus didn’t say everyone should go to seminary, become a pastor and then make disciples. He leaves it wide open.
And this is great for you because now you have the flexibility to choose pursue what God has called and gifted you to do and make disciples in that place. Your purpose and calling are tied to your gifts, skills, passions.
Go be the godliest:
- Business owner
- Car washer
- Construction worker
- Or whatever….
Never underestimate the value of work. If God has called you to it, then make it your goal to do “it” for the glory of God and the good of others.